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Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

Riding the Waves

Things are heating up here in the west with the 22nd annual RWA  conference approaching fast. So do keep an eye out for blogs and information here on the blog, on Facebook and on the Romance Writers of Australia website. If you’re planning on Riding the Waves in Freo this year, why not keep up to date and subscribe to the newsletter via email.

August 16 – 18 2013 –The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia

In August 2013, for the first time, our annual national conference is heading to Western Australia. With a gorgeous heritage hotel, sunshine, sea-breezes, alfresco dining and history – Fremantle has it all. And now it has romance!

Take advantage of the Early Bird Savings and register today!


Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members this week. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at

New Releases

When it comes down to it, rats in the oven trumps Lesley’s desire to never set eyes on another Brennan family member. So Lesley, a pro at property redevelopment, scrambles to Dominic Brennan’s hardware store for supplies. Dominic knows poison — rat and otherwise — and he sees it in Lesley. The woman ruined his brother’s life.

It was a deceptively beautiful corset trimmed with heartsblood rubies, but fashioned by the vengeful spirit of a dark sorceress, a vixen of the dark forever. Meggie must do everything in her power to resist the corset’s hypnotic pull, or she could destroy the only man she ever loved.

Revenge can be cold and cruel. When Rose dies before her time, two sweet, old angels send her on a mission to save another world. But when the lovely Rose meets  King Andrejs, she has a sweet battle on her hands. As both he and Rose discover, revenge doesn’t have to be cold or cruel. Revenge can be hot and very pleasurable indeed.

Selling Synopsis Finalists

The placings are:

1. Anita Joy
2. Cassandra Pennington
3. Christine Taylor
Congratulations! Our thanks to Emily Sylvan Kim of Prospect Agency for being our final judge, to Erica Hayes for being the Contest Manager and the indefatigable Lis Hoorweg for being our Contest Co-ordinator ~ Imelda Evans


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint had another busy week cruisin’ the web and inbox. Hope you enjoy his scoop. Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us Clintat:

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February 8 – Blog Bites with Susan Rees and Kerri Williams

February 10 – Event Announcements with Juanita Kees

February 11 – Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight on Dr Deborah Southwell with Eleni Konstantine

February 12 – Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight on Shannon Curtis and Paula Roe with Eleni Konstantine

February 14 – Cruisin’ with RWA  and Juanita Kees

Imelda Evans takes a turn this Sunday. What secret recipe will she share? And next week, from across the Tasman, my guest will be Shirley Wine.

Roll up that swag, don that Akubra and douse that Aeroguard because this week on Friday Feast we’re trekking outback for a spot of camp cooking. Her Italian Aristocrat author Louise Reynolds is not only sharing her succulent recipes for Back o’ Bourke Beef Stew and Darling River French Toast with Bacon & Maple Syrup (drooling yet?) she’s also giving away a Kindle copy of Her Italian Aristocrat to one lucky commenter. Simply reveal the most unusual place you’ve ever prepared a meal and you’ll be in the draw.

February 7 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Erica Hayes

February 10 – Weekly Overview

February 12 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

February 13 – A BITE OF…with Janni Nell

February 14 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Nicole Murphy

has guest blogs up on her website weekly and is running a giveaway on February 11 for a signed copy of her new release, THE SUNBURNT COUNTRY

Stunning Saturday – covers

Super Sunday – update

Musa Monday – Wench Marci Boudreaux

Writing Buddy Wednesday – Cate Ellink

Jenn J McLeod’s Author Harvest has ‘baled’ up none other than … Jenn J McLeod! Yep! Three weeks out from launch and she’s gone quite mad.

You’ll also find the witty, wonderful and slightly wicked Kate Belle

and a link to Jenn’s Goodreads Giveaway for House for all Seasons.

On tour

February 6Romance Book Haven: Romance with FLY AWAY PETA

February 15 – Friday Feast with Cathryn Hein

Pillow Talk Blog Tour

Drop by for a cosy Pillow Talk with me to celebrate the release of my debut novellas, Breaking the Rules and Bloom. Each post is different and I can guarantee some juicy background on how my sexy hero, Ramon Mendez, came into being. Last week I visited the incomparable Down Under Diva’s in their Aussie Author Showcase with an extract and some juicy Q&A, then popped into Jenn McLeod’s Author Harvest where we had a bit of fun with g-strings.

February 5Manic Readers blog – (Food of love, come have dinner with Ramon!)

February 5Confessions from Romaholics (Inspiration! Does Ramon Mendez really exist?)

February 6Jess Anastasi has me visit – (How I took a random chance on romance)

February 15Jan Graham Erotic Fiction Writer  – (Burn my bum on Jan’s Author Hot Seat! OUCH!)

February 15Imogene Nix Erotic fiction writer – (on surviving publisher rejections)

February 9 – SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – SHADOW KIN M.J.Scott
February 12 – TOPIC: World-Building with Larissa Ione – find out how well known authors create their series/worlds!
February 16 – Cat-urday: Up to Mischief – more madcap mayhem with LOL cats.

A romantic comedy, women’s fiction group blog started by Carla Caruso

Talks about going through the process of revisions

This week Alissa Callen visits ‘Cooking The Books’, talking about how children’s (and big kids) treats are used in a very unusual way in her debut release WHAT LOVE SOUNDS LIKE. We hope you can drop in.

is blogging about villains and would love to hear how other writers flesh out their bad guys.

Susanne is guest on the following blogs this week:

February 8 – Kez Delaney – Blog Bytes

February 9 – Jess Anastasi’s Saturday Sojourn where she’ll be talking about her road less travelled in Italy (not the usual tourist route).


Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Anita JoyEnrico
  2. Cats, Books & Life
  3. Historical Hearts
  4. Imogene Nix
  5. Jane Quick
  6. Kiki Fu


RWA Contests

Closing dates for the 2012-13 RWA contest season

Little Gems 1 February 2013
First Kiss 15 February 2013
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2013

The Ellasub_head_ella

RWA is excited to launch a new contest for published novellas. To be known as The Ella, the romantic novella of the year award will be a reader-judged contest, and the winner will be announced at RWA’s national conference in August.

An entry must be a romance and have a word count of between 10,000 and 40,000 words. To be considered for the 2013 award, the original version of the novella, whether digital, hardback or paperback, must have been first published between 1 January 2012 and the 31 December 2012.

Entries close on 4th February 2013.

The R*BY 2013sub_head_rby

The R*BY Award, affectionately known as The Ruby, is our premier award and the only one of its kind in Australia. Voted on by Australian readers, this contest is open each year to any Australian or New Zealand romance author who has published a long or short romance novel.For Books Published 1 January 2012 and the 31 December 2012.

Opens on the 7th January and closes on the 8th February 2013.


Regards Juanita

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